Woman, 76, drives wrong way over bridge

August 10, 2009 3:45:07 PM PDT
A 76-year-old woman drove the wrong way on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge after getting on an off-ramp by mistake, police said. State police in Tarrytown say the woman entered the highway from the Exit 9 off-ramp Sunday morning and drove north in the southbound lanes of the bridge.

"At first, I thought it was my imagination to be honest. But it did scare the fire out of me," Carol Lavers said.

Lavers saw the wrong-way driver heading her way on the Tappan Zee Bridge on Sunday morning. The 76 year old driver was identified as Anne Buerle. She drove about two miles before she was stopped.

By the time lavers saw her and called 911, Buerle had even gone through the toll booth the wrong way.

She told state police that she realized she was going the wrong way, but kept on going while she looked for a place to make a u-turn.

Lavers' quick thinking likely helped save lives and she admits another, more deadly wrong-way incident was on her mind.

"It was scary because of the other accident a couple of weeks ago with the young woman and all of those kids," she said.

Diane schuler's one way drive on the taconic left eight people dead. Not something anyone wants to see happen again.

"The cops did their job and all of the citizens did their job and everybody was safe. Thank the good lord," Lavers said.

Buerle was given tickets for improperly entering a highway, driving in the wrong direction and reckless driving.


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